Classical music doesn’t always have to be so serious…
Just like the rest of us, after a busy week classical musicians like to let their hair down, sing and dance along to some of their favorite pop songs.
This Saturday on Second Inversion: Cover Night! We’ll hear wild renditions of songs you thought you knew. Classical musicians put a funky new spin on the music of Dolly Parton, David Bowie, James Brown, and many more. Plus: one jazz artist’s ear-expanding rendition of one of classical music’s greatest hits.
The spring season is all about change. It’s a time to clean your space, refresh your wardrobe, maybe switch to iced coffee. And while we can always find inspiration in the past, spring is really more about looking to the future.
Every year spring brings new beginnings, new growth—and especially new music. This Saturday on Second Inversion: Music in Bloom. We’re dreaming of spring, with music inspired by chirping birds, buzzing bees, and budding flowers. From super blooms in the South African desert to melodies carried on the salty seas of Japan, we’ll hear music inspired by the sweet sounds of spring.
“The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune,” as they say in Ireland—and the age-old folk music of the Emerald Isle is still inspiring new composers today.
This Saturday on Second Inversion: Luck of the Irish. We’ll hear music from the rolling hills and ramshackle pubs of Ireland. Pour yourself a pint and join us as we toast the Emerald Isle, with music inspired by the sounds, spirit, and folklore of Ireland.
All that glitters is not gold—but still, the search continues. From pirate crusades to treasure hunts to the legends of El Dorado, the quest for gold is at the heart of many of history’s great stories…and these epic tales continue to inspire new music today.
This Saturday on Second Inversion: Solid Gold. We’ll hear music that shimmers, and stories of treasures untold! From gilded cities to glittering instruments—plus, where people in the 21st century go to strike gold.
Throughout history, the classical tradition has been made richer by women’s contributions—even if they didn’t always receive the proper credit.
This Saturday on Second Inversion, we’re celebrating women’s voices. In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ll share music from women who have helped shape, inspire, and expand the world of classical music.
From the modal musings of Hildegard von Bingen to the ear-expanding experiments of Pauline OIiveros and the vibrant, cross-cultural folk songs of Nathalie Joachim, we’ll hear music from women who have made a mark on classical music history. Plus, we’ll talk about why women composers have been historically underrepresented in classical music—and how that’s changing in the 21st century.